Definitions for Ensignˈɛn sən; for 1-3,5 also -saɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•signˈɛn sən; for 1-3,5 also -saɪn(n.)

  1. a flag or banner, as a naval standard used to indicate nationality.

    Category: Military, Navy

  2. a badge of office or authority, as heraldic arms.

  3. a sign, token, or emblem:

    the dove, an ensign of peace.

  4. the lowest commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard, ranking next below a lieutenant, junior grade.

    Category: Military

  5. Archaic.

    Ref: standard-bearer (def. 1). 1

Origin of ensign:

1325–75; ME ensigne < OF enseigne < L insignia; see insignia

en′sign•ship`(n.)

en′sign•cy(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ensign(noun)

    a person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant junior grade

  2. national flag, ensign(noun)

    an emblem flown as a symbol of nationality

  3. ensign(noun)

    colors flown by a ship to show its nationality

Wiktionary

  1. ensign(Noun)

    A badge of office, rank, or power

  2. ensign(Noun)

    The lowest grade of commissioned officer in the United States Navy, junior to a lieutenant junior grade.

  3. ensign(Noun)

    A flag or banner carried by military units. See standard, color, colour.

  4. ensign(Noun)

    The principal flag or banner flown by a ship to indicate nationality.

  5. ensign(Noun)

    A junior commissioned officer in the 18th and 19th Centuries whose duty was to carry the unit's ensign.

  6. ensign(Noun)

    A prominent flag or banner.

    Ten thousand thousand ensigns high advanced. -Milton, Paradise Lost.

  7. ensign(Verb)

    To designate as by an ensign.

  8. ensign(Verb)

    To distinguish by a mark or ornament

  9. ensign(Verb)

    To distinguish by an ornament, especially by a crown.

    Any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ensign(noun)

    a flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; -- as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private signals, and the like

  2. Ensign(noun)

    a signal displayed like a standard, to give notice

  3. Ensign(noun)

    sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol

  4. Ensign(noun)

    formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment

  5. Ensign(noun)

    a commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army

  6. Ensign(verb)

    to designate as by an ensign

  7. Ensign(verb)

    to distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned

Freebase

  1. Ensign

    An ensign is a national flag when used at sea, in vexillology, or a distinguishing token, emblem, or badge, such as a symbol of office in heraldry. The word has also given rise to the military rank of "ensign", a rank of junior officer once responsible for bearing the ensign. via Scottish, from Old French enseigne "mark, symbol, signal; flag, standard, pennant," from the Latin plural insignia.

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